Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Hand Art and Day of the Dead!

St. Benedictus of Honor Skull
Chrysanthemum Skull
Flying Winged Skull
Zentangle Skull
Fire Horse

Although it's a month early, I'm always up for some spooky skull art!  These skulls are for a Pen & Ink Skull Swap and are done on 4 x 6 vellom surface Bristol paper.  It's been awhile since I've drawn strictly with pens in super detail and it was hard to resist the temptation of adding watercolors, but it's strictly forbidden!
The bejeweled skull is drawn using the St. Benedictus in Honor reference photo from an old issue of Smithsonian. What an amazing skull with its crowned jeweled headdress with ribbons and lace.  The rest of the skulls I made up with the Chrysanthemum skull representing the fall season, the flying winged skull because I like the idea of skulls flying around instead of being earth bound and this one is in space and having a blast, and finally I enjoyed zoning in and making a "zentangle" skull.  My husband wants a t-shirt of the flying winged skull, so it'll probably be further developed with full wings.  

I have had my hands literally full of art!  Those are my outlined hands with paintings of some animals and a sexy calavera.  The octopus is in it's 5th incarnation having been done in the Sketchbook Project and ATCs before, but this one is the best. I love hummingbirds and have a family who stops by the feeder in the morning and evening.  I've watched a particular female for 3 years and now, she has a handsome son who has her eyes and copies her moves and comes by for a drink. The fire horse was made for this Chinese year of the Horse and happens to be my Chinese birth year and I loved how it turned out.  I really wanted to keep this one for myself.  The sexy calavera is a good start for the coming spooky season and Day of the Dead is big in San Diego! 

There were a few more art swaps I participated in but won't show because it's just too much and yes, I've been having too much fun procrastinating and making gobs of mail art!  Now it's time to put all the fun, playful stuff away for now and go back to the huge pencil painting still in progress from two months ago.  I have high hopes for this one and plan to enter it into the International Colored Pencil Show for 2015. Colored pencils take so much time and this painting/drawing is not even at 50% so time to get to work! 

On a good note, I received exciting news about my watercolor painting and will announce it towards the end of the month!  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Orange Is the New Black

I put my big painting aside for now to make more art trading cards, this time after a favorite show "Orange Is the New Black" based on Piper Kerman's true life story.  All the characters in the show are so well developed and there is a back story on each of them that the show producers let out just a little bit.  It can be pretty raunchy, but it's addicting.

I'm still continuing in my quest to make enough art to trade, but maybe trading is much more laid back in Rochester as opposed to Artzona. No matter, I'll see if anyone still wants to trade with me.  All the artists there are so very unique in their approach and style. That said, my sister in Conn. told me to bring an umbrella.....what?

Two weeks to go......!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Twisted Alice in Wonderland

With the art event coming up next month in Rochester, it was time to  get busy and illustrate ATCs to trade with some pretty stellar artists who'll be in attendance.  Since I was already participating in a swap in the same theme, I thought I would just expand and make an additional 9 cards to the 4 I had already.  I love doing a more contemporary twist on this favorite book by Lewis Carroll, these characters could be barflys or street gang people.  Some of the characters, like Alice herself, were difficult to do in such a small format so I resorted to doing a twisted portrait of her being a big cry baby.   With 30 or so people attending, I only have 21 more ATCs or other types of art to make.....pant, pant, pant!

Twisted Alice In Wonderland

And last but not least ~ 

Cheshire Cat

Monday, June 16, 2014

WIP ~ Underwater Garden

With this painting, I'm using two of my own photo references to make this underwater composition and switching from watercolors to colored pencils. It's an ambitious piece measuring 30.5" x 23" on 300lb hot press watercolor paper.  Currently, it's in its baby ugly stage right now and will be for some time - it looks to be 25% completed.  After the color has been blocked in, I'll heat up the Icarus board with a blender to burnish the colors so that no white can be seen through.  Can you see the koi fish drawn in the lower right hand corner?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Secret Solstice - Art Junkie

Art Junkie has so many diversified interests, it was a difficult to narrow it down to just a few subjects.  I adore this talented lady and have always been inspired by her Mesa Verde spirit people.  She knows so much about them and their culture.  I wanted to do something to honor her and her love of them, but first is this little gift for her.  She likes UFOs in a whimsical landscape, so I did a postcard of Mt. Fuji with cherry blossom trees just beginning to blossom on a snowy evening.  The only thing missing is Godzilla.

The next gift is my "big" present.  It's a watercolor book (8.5" x 11") of the Anasazi/Hopi Indians, their Gods/Goddesses and the Spirits who advised them along with their symbols, and the San Francisco Mountains and the Blue Star Comet.  The book, along with the subsequent pages, opens from the middle. For the cover, I used washi tape and Japanese book binding with additional embellishment of beads and feathers. Except for the last page, all the pages were painted first, then sewn around the spirit and I left the different colored threads hanging down.  After the book was binded together, I then cut each page, following the stitching line to reveal the next page and so on. I was excited and so pleased with how this came out, and now I want to make one for myself.

Anastasi Petroglyph Cover

1st Page - Eototo with side panels depicting Hopi pottery designs

2nd Page - Tawa

3rd Page - Conchiti

4th Page - Toho

5th Page - Kokopelli

6th Page - Pahana

Last Page - San Francisco Mountains with the Blue Star Comet

Secret Solstice Revealed - Nanner

I participated in my first Secret Solstice on the Illustrated ATC site and was lucky to draw a couple of amazing artists!  Luckily, I connect with both of the ladies and their artwork, so it was a blast conjuring up something for them.  The first partner is a beloved and fun SoCal artist who goes by "Nanner".  She loves spoofs on her favorite idols, and maybe some people would sniff disapprovingly, but I really love black humor.  So here's some of what I have been making this past spring. A second attempt of a lacy Day of the Dead with pearls and rhinestone embellishments, this time on a hot orangey summer tank.

An outline of my hand with a spoof on Jules Winnfield from Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction".

Back in 1973, the Del Mar Fair opened a day early just for private parties - the VIPs.  Ziggy Stardust, who would later in the evening give the concert of the decade at the Sports Arena, was trying out his new persona.  He found a Photo Booth and took some pictures. Hurrying out to get to the limo for the concert, he gave one of the roadies the photos. The photos were thought to be lost and forgotten, but then 20 years later, they were found at a garage sale in a beat up old guitar case and was bought for $2.  Inside, tucked between the lining and case, is this rare photo of Ziggy Stardust having fun and making faces.

I rarely get to do this kind of art and so it was a lot of "merry making" with tongue planted firmly in cheek!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

MTRP Seven - 2014

I love this video of the San Diego Chapter's colored pencil show in Mission Trails Regional Park!  Come see it if you get a chance.  Not only is the venue beautiful and peaceful, walk out doors and hike some of the trails.  The Kumeyaay Indians once lived here and you can still come upon some rocks the women used to grind their food.